The 2022 Academy will be organized with a spirit of an open dialogue and participatory approach to discuss and analyze Northern and Arctic issues. The Academy aims to apply the double interplay between science, politics and business, and that between scientific, traditional and Indigenous knowledge.

The objective of the Calotte Academy is first of all to educate and supervise early-career scientists / young researchers in interdisciplinary circumpolar Arctic studies, as well as to implement transdisciplinary dialogue between Western science and traditional / Indigenous knowledges, and between different stakeholders. This is the 1st Call for Papers for established researchers and earlycareer scientists, particularly PhD candidates and post-docs, with different academic backgrounds to participate and present their work in the 2022 Academy.

Applications should be submitted online at The deadline for applications is 15 April 2022.

Calotte Academy 2022

The theme of the 2022 Academy is inspired on the one hand by the contradictions of the Arctic transformation from confrontation (of the Cold War) into constructive cooperation (in the post-Cold War), based on an ultimate aim to decrease military tension and increase political stability (between the former rivals) by the Arctic states; and the emerging pressures (from outside) of great power rivalry and the related power politics, as well as wicked environmental problems and crises. On the other hand it is inspired by a (Arctic governance) trend of a paradox of Arctic development whenever a balance is been sought between environmental protection & climate change mitigation and economic activities causing potential environmental and other conflicts.

Correspondingly, there will be different sub-themes for sessions in each location, for example, the sub-theme of the sessions in Tromsø (13 June 2022), organized in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, is “Will Arctic cooperation continue?”.

In general, the 2022 event will continue the substantial, multidimensional and multi-theoretical academic discussion on perceptions, images, visions of, and discourses on Arctic development, governance and geopolitics in the progress of globalization. Furthermore, the Academy will continue the discussion on the future of the region and its peoples and communities, by describing, analyzing and debating different – cooperative, competitive and conflicting – images, perceptions, discourses and trends, and impacts of their interrelations / complexities in globalization (e.g. environmental protection & resilience vis-a-vis economic activities, state sovereignty vis-à-vis internationalization, tourism and testing vis a-vis reindeer herding, climate research vis-a-vis traditional knowledge). A special focus will be on the related issues of the environment & climate change, and governance & geopolitics based on the successful transformation of the Arctic from confrontation (of the Cold War) into high geopolitical stability based on constructive cooperation (in the post-Cold War period).

Finally, all presenters are asked to take into consideration (in their presentation) the existent constructive cooperation and the related geopolitical stability, and how to manage in order to maintain the high stability and continue the successful cooperation, when the Arctic region is facing wicked (environmental) problems and great power rivalry. In addition of academic sessions in different locations, this theme will be discussed in a role play game, to simulate international negotiations on Arctic development.

Applications & appendices

As an international network the Academy is based on ad-hoc funding (e.g. from local sponsors, universities, foundations, NCMs, IASC, as well as in-kind support by the co-organizers). Despite its limited funding, the Academy allocates small travelling grants for early-career researchers (PhD candidates, post-docs, and advanced Master’s students) covering travel, accommodation, and lunches during the Academy, as well as conference materials.

The deadline for applications is April 15th 2022. The application has to include an abstract of ca. 250-350 words. Applications must be submitted online at https://calotte-a

Co-organizers & contacts

The 2022 Calotte Academy is co-organized by Saami Education Institute (SAKK), Municipality of Inari, Municipality of Enontekiö, Arctic Centre and Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Lapland (in Finland); Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education (HSL) and Barents Institute at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and International Center for Reindeer Herding Husbandry (EALAT) (tbc); in cooperation with UArctic’s international Thematic Network (TN) on
Geopolitics and Security.

For more information, please contact with Prof. Lassi Heininen (, and Academy's co-coordinators, PhD Candidate Daria Mishina ( and PhD Candidate Salla Kalliojärvi (, at University of Lapland.


For more information, see the full Call for Papers.